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  • Lithuanian Leader Apologizes to Jews During Knesset Speech

    The president of Lithuania has offered a public apology to the Jewish people for the mass murder of Lithuania’s Jews by his country’s citizens during World War II. Addressing the Knesset on Wednesday, the second day of a state visit, President Algirdas Brazauskas sought forgiveness for the role his people played in the murder of… More ▸

  • Admitting Shame for the Past, Lithuanian Leader Visits Israel

    Lithuanian President Algirdas Brazauskas Launched a historic state visit to Israel this week, saying he was ashamed of his country’s participation in the murder of Jews during World War II. Brazauskas arrived in Israel on Tuesday with a delegation of 29 businessmen and his foreign minister for a three-day trip aimed at boosting ties between… More ▸

  • Responding to Protests, Lithuania Reopens Nazi Case

    In an about face, the Lithuanian government has decided to reopen the case of an alleged Nazi war criminal. Two weeks ago, Lithuania said it did not have enough evidence to prosecute Aleksandras Lileikis, 87, of Norwood, Mass. The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to deport Lileikis. The department contends that as head of the… More ▸

  • Osi Vows to Pursue Deportation Despite Setback from Lithuania

    Lithuania’s decision not to prosecute a man the United States wants to deport for his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes has drawn fire from U.S. government officials and Jewish leaders. Although officials say the move will not stop deportation proceedings against Aleksandras Lileikis, of Norwood, Mass., it will hinder the government’s ability to expedite… More ▸

  • Yad Vashem to Honor Parents of the President of Lithuania

    The parents of the president of Lithuania will soon be honored as Righteous Gentiles for their efforts to rescue Jews during World War II, officials at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial here announced over the weekend. Lithuanian President Adolphas Slezevicius’ parents, Vladas and Ursula, hid five Jews in their home for three months during 1942…. More ▸

  • Osi Moves to Revoke Citizenship of Two Alleged Lithuanian Nazis

    The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to revoke the citizenship of two former Lithuanian nationals who allegedly participated in Nazi-sponsored acts during World War II. The first complaint was filed Dec. 7 in U.S. District Court in Cleveland against Algimantas Dailide of Brecksville, Ohio. The complaint alleges that the 73-year-old real estate agent served in… More ▸

  • Osi Files Suits to Revoke Citizenship of 2 Accused of War Crimes in Lithuania

    The U.S. Justice Department has filed suits to revoke the citizenship of two men accused of war crimes in Lithuania during World War II. One of the men, Aleksandras Lileikis of Norwood, Mass., is accused of having been the chief of the Lithuanian version of the Gestapo, which was responsible for particularly brutal atrocities against… More ▸

  • Lithuania Canceling Pardons of Six World War Ii Criminals

    Responding to an outcry from Jewish groups, the Lithuanian government has reversed the rehabilitation of six former prisoners who collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust, the Simon Wiesenthal Center reported. The six names were submitted last year by the Wiesenthal Center and other Jewish groups to Lithuanian officials after it was made known that… More ▸

  • Member of Lithuanian Killing Unit Deported to Vilnius Under New Accord

    A former resident of Florida who was a member of a Lithuanian killing unit during World War II was deported Tuesday to Lithuania. The expulsion of Antanas Mineikis was carried out in accordance with a deportation order issued in August against the former resident of Gulfport, near St. Petersburg. His U.S. citizenship had been revoked… More ▸

  • Osi Charges Philadelphia Architect Killed Lithuanian Jews During War

    The Justice Department has charged a retired Philadelphia area architect with having been a high-ranking officer who helped Nazis murder Lithuanian Jews and others during World War II, and said he lied about his past when he applied for a U.S. visa and for his American citizenship. The Office of Special Investigations, the Justice Department’s… More ▸